Director Vikraman clarifies in the beginning of the interview that his next flick, Ninaithadhu Yaaro, which he is directing after a sabbatical, won’t be a rich film like that of director Shankar or Gautham Vadudev Menon. “A simple, soft love story like my Poove Unakkaga and director Cheran’s Autograph. The film will appeal to both family audience and youngsters,” he says.
Vikraman films are known for their set format, which turned out to be called as cliches later — a separate comedy track with a bunch of comedians and a theme music, scenes of family sentiment involving the lead characters with chorus in the background and portions to explain each character. But the director, whose films have won accolades in both State and National level, says he has attempted to do away with all that as much as possible in his latest film. “For almost 90 per cent, it won’t be a typical Vikraman film, but still there will be elements, which people will appreciate,” he says.
Melodies are a highlight of Vikraman films and the director says Ninathadhu Yaaro has five songs composed by a newcomer Paulraj.
“The album will be launched on June 3,” he adds.
The lead actors of the film are newcomers, too. “Rajith is an engineering graduate from Sathyabama University and Nimisha is an IT professional from Bangalore. The film talks about whether love is necessary or not and if any known actor does this film, there is a possibility that the audience will think it’s his real life story. That’s why I chose newcomers and I’m sure they will become popular after Ninaithathu Yaaro,” he says.
The director, who says he never directed a film eyeing awards, says the current trend in Kollywood was possible because of exposure of both filmmakers and audiences to world cinema. “Earlier, it was very difficult to watch a foreign film apart from successful Hollywood movies. Now everywhere foreign films are being screened and that has prompted filmmakers to produce more realistic films and audiences to appreciate them. It’s a healthy trend,” he concludes.